Everybody and in every body has inflammation. And while some may tell you it’s a bad thing to have, inflammation in smaller amounts is good for the body when it comes to exercise. However, when it starts happening repeatedly due to a bad diet, lack of exercise, or autoimmune disease, it can affect your mood at the very least. In my case my MS or diseases like it such as Lupus, Thyroid syndromes, Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome they are all affected by inflammation in the body. Symptoms are triggered or increased when inflammation occurs. If I were to just focus on one symptom for the sake of this blog, I’ll say that fatigue is one to set in quickly and the most misdiagnosed in an immune system that is chronically over excited. Issues that can raise inflammation include stress, lack of exercise, eating too much junk food, or have long-lasting low-inflammation triggers.
Here are a few Ninja secret (not so secret LOL 😉) tricks that can help with Inflammation
- Fitness Time
This will always be my #1. It’s made the most different in my life. Everyone has a different limit and everyone has a different start point. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Yoga , Walking, Running, Pilates, Daily Stretching all can reduce your stress which lessens inflammation. No matter what your level or what your goals you should at least do a low impact workout daily, it will make a huge difference.
- Eat More Leafy Greens
Whole-food plant-based diets are becoming more common place. It is often called Vegetarian or Vegan. This diet of mostly plant based foods can help lower inflammation. The meats in our society now have become overly processed with hormones and antibiotics and cause more inflammation than they ever did in the past. Eat more greens!
- Gut Health
Taking in health pro and pre-biotics, which is the good bacteria that fights infections, can impact and reduce the symptoms of heart inflammation. You should have a good probiotic like yogurt, pickles, dark chocolate, kimchi, or sauerkraut daily. Pre-biotics can be found in garlic, onions, apples, and bananas
- Laugh and Smile
Last but definitely not least HAVE FUN WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!!! Have conversations, have social interaction and just genuinely enjoy yourself. Research shows that having good social contact each day can be a powerful anti-inflammatory. So laugh and smile away!!!
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Let’s discuss Ninja community, shall we!! I could literally list about 10-20 different items you should stay away from with you have an auto-immune disease like Multiple Sclerosis. Today I am going to talk about one in particular. So many people use it and sometimes we don’t even realize we do. Fake Sugars. Yep, that is it, FAKE SUGARS.
DISCLAIMER!!! – – I feel the need to state here, I am not a doctor. I can only state my experience with Fake Sugars and what others have told me to validate my experiences. This may or may not be the case with you.
Her are some of the side effects that occur when consuming Fake Sugars (Sucralose and Aspartame most commonly known as Splenda and NutraSweet respectively)
- Digestive Issues
- More Seriously concerns that have not been verified but stated (MS, Lupus, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s)
A lot of research done will say no real harm can be found when ingesting these fake sugars. HOWEVER, this is what I do know. Even if they do not cause the aforementioned “more serious concerned’ diseases but you happen to have been diagnosed with one and you get any of the more common side effects, you will more likely than not, have a flair up.
Our bodies are meant to process natural foods, foods that were created of the earth and grown naturally. Over the decades we have become a society of convenience and want everything fast and in a hurry. Our children play less outside and do more on computers and video games. Over time, this has created a society of obesity. As they take away our children’s arts and physical activities from the schools and replace them with the all-powerful technology of the future, it’s becoming more evident that sitting, computing, gaming and going through a drive through has become our day-to-day.
Everyone then wants the quick fix to becoming obese. The fad diet, famous cleanses, and FAKE SUGARS seemed to be the answer. Trust me when I say, it’s not! Unfortunately, you can find these sugars in all kinds of things without even knowing it. It’s in oatmeal, yogurt, snacks, just about anything that says diet or low calorie and a lot that doesn’t advertise at all.
When I would ingest the foods with these sugars my body didn’t process it properly and it ended up confused. I never lost the weight I wanted and I would eat more than I should based on cravings and not feeling full. Those common side effects listed above, I probably had every one of them. And when I do, they trigger my symptoms and make me feel like CRAP! My migraines were so bad I had to take preventative medications just to get through a day. I had more migraines in a month than I didn’t. When I started my healthy life-style change fake sugar was one of the first things I removed from my diet. I immediately noticed a change in my migraines and in my symptoms. Now if I accidentally eat something that has fake sugar in it, without knowing it’s an ingredient, if it’s a large enough portion I will feel it immediately! Everyone may not have the same sensitivity to this as I do, but I have spoken to numerous individuals with MS and other autoimmune diseases that have made healthy life-style changes and they too have seen similar results.
When my body is not “feeling right” and I am feeling “off’ for some reason, I know I attribute it to not eating the way my body is meant to be fueled about 90% of the time. My MS will trigger very shortly afterwards and I know I have to get back on track.
This is not the holy grail of what to do when you have one of these diseases, but I would definitely try it for at least 90 days. It takes your body at least that long to gather it’s senses and start seeing a difference. What could it hurt? I mean, it could lead to a lot of good and if it absolutely does nothing you can return to your old ways!
BONUS INFO: HYDRATE…HYDRATE…HYDRATE…
Our bodies are made up of approximately 70% water. When we are dehydrated our body goes into over drive and we can cause inflammation in certain areas of the body…again causing symptoms in individuals with autoimmune diseases. If you drink a lot of caffine, increase your H2O cup per cup over the daily amount. Your daily amount of water should be approximately ½ your body weight in ounces.